Musselburgh Golf Club invests in John Deere mowers

Musselburgh Golf Club near Edinburgh is celebrating its third year as an Open Championship qualifying course by updating its fleet of turf-care machines.

The package is worth around £125,000 and new equipment includes a John Deere fairway mower and 8800 TerrainCut semi-roughs rotary mower.

"To be recognised as a championship course is a great test of golf," said course manager Tom Shepherd, who works with eight greenkeeping staff.

Other kit included machines for trimming tees and surrounds, cylinder mowers, a walk-behind greens mower and a front rotary mower supplied by Thomas Sherriff & Co.

"There's nothing special about our cutting regime. In the summer you can write the script, but the winter's a different matter. Our members demand golf 12 months a year and we deliver."

Meanwhile, Crews Hill Golf Club at Enfield, Middlesex, needed new mowers to cope with ancient ridge and furrow contours on the mixed heath and parkland course.

Turner Groundscare supplied John Deere machines in a deal where three of the greenkeeping staff spent two days at "John Deere University" maintenance training.

Head greenkeeper Gary Speller said: "We particularly like the suspension design on the mowers, which cope very well with the fairway undulations."

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